In a separate discussion, I came across this brilliant (if I say so myself) analogy for capturing various philosophers’ attitudes.
Here is the situation. You are in a crowded room, and you want to cross the room to get to the bar (for a ginger ale, of course). A philosopher is next to you. What advice does he give?
Socrates: “Obviously, nothing is more important than getting to the bar. Why do all these people seem to ignore what is most important? Let us berate them for their foolishness, and convince them that they should be moving toward the bar.”
Hegel: “The crowd is actually a line for the bar. Just be patient and stay in your place.”
Nietzsche: “Let’s creep along the wall, and fantasize about the one who will be able to leap over the crowd.”
Epictetus (the Stoic): “Don’t want to go to the bar. Want to stay where you are.”
Thoreau: “Let’s go out the window and go around.”
Christianity (according to Nietzsche): “Convince everyone that the bar is evil; that should clear the way for us!”
Buddha: “The bar is within you.”
Add more as you like!